On this day in music history: September 14, 19…

On this day in music history: September 14, 1992 – “Blind Melon”, the debut album by Blind Melon is released. Produced by Rick Parashar and Blind Melon, it is recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, WA from February – June 1992. The first album by the Los Angeles, CA based band is the result of a four song demo that lands them a contract with Capitol Records. A four song EP produced by David Briggs (Neil Young) titled “The Sippin’ Time Sessions” are scrapped and go unreleased when all feel it isn’t representative of the bands actual sound. The band leave L.A. for North Carolina and begin recording on their own, later hooking up with producer Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains) to record the rest of the album.The albums cover features a photo of band member Glen Graham’s sister Georgia (“The Bee Girl”) and provides the inspiration for the now iconic Samuel Bayer (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”, “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”) directed video (featuring child actress Heather DeLoach as the “Bee Girl”) for “No Rain” (#1 Modern Rock, #20 Pop). Heavy MTV rotation for the clip launches the band to stardom. The album is remastered and reissued on CD and as a double vinyl set in 2013 with the previously unreleased “Sippin’ Time Sessions” EP, as an added bonus. The original thirteen song album is reissued on vinyl both on marbled black and yellow vinyl, and a standard black vinyl 180 gram LP by Music On Vinyl in 2014. “Blind Melon” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.